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Recent Incidents and Crime
Update of crimes and incidents in the last quarter (June/July/Aug 2020) that relate to the river, canal, towpath and marina throughout Wiltshire              
Crime Reference

Coate Water
07/06/2020 13:08
IP has had her canoe stolen from the rowing club. The description of the canoe was a yellow Europa, 15 years old with a sticker saying club boat towards the rear of the boat

Bradford on Avon
19/06/2020 18:41
RP has had his Scott subcross electric bike stolen from the front of his boat. Frame number KJ83805402 value £1400.00

Hilperton Marina
29/07/2020 09:10
Unknown suspect has come onto the deck of the IP's canal boat overnight and stolen a generator which was secured with a motorcycle chain, likely using bolt cutters for the chain.
Kipor generator, bright yellow, serial no: HZ09110202-V1, brand new, TVO £349.

Limpley Stoke

11/08/2020 18:00
Unknown suspect has taken 1 canoe boat, tamper with two canoe boats and have tampers with a row boat.


18/08/2020 10:53

(originally reported 1/10/2017)

Unknown suspect(s) have stolen the IP's boat after it was left at the address 3 yrs ago. The boat has now appeared for sale on website in workshop next to the address it was stolen from. Value £5,000-£6,000 at the time.
1 x Invader speed boat, 3 litre merc cruiser engine, wake board tower with blue stripes around the hull foam seats on indepision trailer with flat tyre.


15/06/2020 21:30
Unknown person has gone onto estate and the side of the river at the location, has smashed up the Oars on the boat.  They will have to be replaced. Boat is used as access to the Fisheries in the river. Damage Boat Oars - £100

K & A Canal
(Trow & BOA)

19/06/2020 00:01
Unknown suspect has sprayed graffiti on the bridge and signs by the canal. Cost of removal unknown.

Crime Prevention Advice
 Secure your bike - You can register the details of your bike on Bike Register and Immobilise. Keep an up to date photo of your bicycle that shows any unique markings, such as scuffs or dents, as this could help identify your bike should it ever be taken. Try to lock it in a well-lit public area where people will pass through, this could reduce the opportunity. Two locks are best - a good quality D-lock and a strong chain and padlock will provide the most security and deter many thieves who will be looking for bikes that are quick to remove and take away. Lock to secure the wheels, frame and stand. Only ever lock your bike to something secure; chain fencing, grills or gates could still all be cut through in order to remove your bike.

Water Safety  - The Canal and River Trust and the RLSS have a summer message 'Don't drink and drown'. There are many pubs and restaurants along canals, lots are easily accessible with a stroll along a towpath. Walking home alone, in the dark, after consuming alcohol puts you at risk - your judgement, balance and reaction to any bumps in the towpath will be impaired and the chance of ending up in the water is increased. Nearly a quarter of all adult drowning victims have alcohol in their bloodstream.
 Plan your journey home before you go out
 Walk home in the company of others, and look out for each other.
 Avoid walking alongside water after an evening out, plan a safer route and check that everyone got home safely

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Tracy Ince (Police, Watch Coordinator, HQ)

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